General Information and FAQs
Levels of Membership
Alex Kavanash

Alex Kavanagh

VOTING MEMBERS
Are entitled to participate in all programs, meetings, events and services. These include the following:

NAMED CATEGORY MEMBERSHIP
Costume Designer, Assistant Designer & Stylist.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Costumers who are working individuals within the industry. For example: costume supervisor, cutter, sewer, illustrator, wardrobe assistant, shopper, breakdown, set supervisor, truck supervisor, etc.

COSTUME INDUSTRY SUPPORT MEMBERSHIP
Businesses who are directly related and solely supported by the costume industry such as costume rental houses and costume specific support services.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
Individuals appointed for their extraordinary and exemplary service to the field.

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP
Companies with special costume related interests.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
Individuals enrolled in recognized institutions with an interest in the costumes arts.

SATELLITE  MEMBERSHIP
Individuals who live outside of the Greater Toronto Area. 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP
Corporate sponsorship is available for companies that wish to support CAFTCAD whether for a specific event or annually. Information is available upon request.

Membership Criteria
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Jennifer Kelly – Mirror Man from Dubai Shopping Festival

Individuals must complete the application form to join CAFTCAD.  Applications will be reviewed and applicants should be prepared to provide further details on request.  All named category applicants should supply further details (see below) to be included in these categories.

COSTUME DESIGNER
– Current resume, portfolio and demo reel if possible.
– Three credits as a Costume Designer on feature films, M.O.W’s, docudramas or series within the last five years.
– Four professional references from costume designers, producers, directors, production designers or production managers.

ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER
– Current resume.
– Three credits as an Assistant Costume Designer on feature films, M.O.W’s, docudramas or series within the last five years.
– Four professional references. At least one from a costume designer and three from either costume designers, producers, directors, production designers or production managers.

STYLIST
– Current resume, portfolio and if possible, demo reel.
– Eight credits as a Stylist on commercials, music videos, or print with the last five years.
– Four professional references from producers, directors, photographers or art directors.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBER
– Current resume.
– Include any credits on either feature films, M.O.W’s, docudramas or series and professional references.

Join Us As A Volunteer
Volunteering provides a great opportunity to network with our various members and professionals in the film, television and media industries. It is a great way for students and people who are new to the industry to build on their career. We offer many volunteer opportunities through events including our Toronto Film Festival Annual Reception, Movie Wardrobe Sales and other annual events. To volunteer, please introduce yourself, with your resume or a brief description to: info@caftcad.com.

Frequently asked questions
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Anya Taraboulsy, Samantha Rice, Hanne Whitfield, Billie Blast, Joanna Syrokomla, and Erika Larner

How do I join CAFTCAD?
Please read General Information for joining and complete both pages of the Membership Application Form, attach your current resume and mail it to:
CAFTCAD 65 Heward Avenue #C220 Toronto, Ontario M4M 2T5
OR
Scan and send to:
membershipservices@caftcad.com
OR
Fax it to: 416 900 0395

How much does membership cost?
Please view our Membership Application Form to review the annual fees for each category.  You can either download this or complete it online and return by email.

I’m a student interested in Costume Design as a potential profession. How can CAFTCAD help me?
As a Student Member of CAFTCAD you are entitled to discounts to our CAFTCADEMY and other Seminar packages. You will meet successful professionals working in the field; can volunteer on association initiatives in order to gain educational hours; discover the costume resources in your city; and get on the radar for those who are looking for volunteers to work on film projects.
We look forward to having you graduate from a Student Member to a Named Category one day.

I would like to join CAFTCAD but do not have enough credits within the time allotted for the category I’m interested in. Can I still join?
Of course! As you work towards the credits of your chosen category, you can join us as a Professional Member. When you receive the credits for your chosen category, simply email us your updated resume. Please note we may ask for references.

If I join CAFTCAD as an Affiliate Member but have the qualifying amount of credits of a Stylist, can I be listed in the Stylist category?
No. You should join CAFTCAD as a Stylist if you wish to be listed there.

Can CAFTCAD help me negotiate my rates on a job?
CAFTCAD is not a trade union and does not negotiate rates. Conversations and suggestions between members are of course encouraged.

What is a Named Category?
Named Categories are those, which are named: Costume Designer, Stylist, Assistant Designer, Honorary and Professional Member. The Professional Member Category it is broken down to specific costume specialties: Set Supervisor, Specialty Costume Maker, Cutter, Dyer, Shopper, etc. Affiliate Member is not a Named Category.

How many categories can I be listed in?
As a Named Category Member you can be listed in 2 categories (e.g. Costume Designer and Stylist). Both listings will be connected to your bio and links pages.

I have a business, but I also work as a Named Category, can I list both of these on the website?
Named and Professional Members who own and operate companies (Business Membership) can list their company at discount of 40%.

How are Honorary Members Selected?
Qualifying professionals are presented to the board and chosen for their extraordinary and exemplary service to the field. We wish to celebrate the contributions of Canadians to Costume Design in film and television.
If you have a suggestion of potential Honorary members, please contacts us at: info@caftcad.com.